Rick Tarsitano is a Sports Producer for WGN Evening News, WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten.

Covering the teams I grew up loving. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Doing the same with my kids, too. Life’s too short not to smile.

Recent Articles
  • North Central College punches ticket to Division III Championship Game

    ALLENTOWN, PA – North Central College made history Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals beat Muhlenberg College in the Division III semifinals 45-14 to advance to their first ever National Championship Game. In twelve of their thirteen victories this season, North Central has eclipsed the 40 point-mark. “We knew that we had to stay foot on the pedal the whole time and keep working. That’s been our mindset all year,” noted Rutter. “We threw an interception the first play. That shows how […]

  • Bears activate Akiem Hicks for Packers game Sunday

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Bears defense held it together for eight games without Akiem Hicks, but he is back. Hicks was activated off injured reserve Saturday. Ben Braunecker takes his place on IR. Hicks suffered a left elbow injury in London against Oakland October 6th. He found it difficult watching games, particularly when the Bears lost four straight earlier this year. “I won’t pretend that that didn’t hurt,” Hicks said. “You feel like you can help. You feel like […]

  • Julie Ertz named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

    CHICAGO – Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz is the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. Ertz played every minute in her 14 games with the Red Stars this season as team captain, helping lead the team to its first ever NWSL Championship appearance. She also started 22 games for the U.S. Women’s National Team, scoring her first career World Cup goal against Chile in a group stage game. Ertz and the rest of the U.S. defense only conceded three […]

  • Allen Robinson named Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Allen Robinson is the Bears 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. The award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. Robinson talked to chicagobears.com about the nomination. “This means a lot to me, especially given what the Payton name means to this city, organization and league. Thank you to all of those who have supported me, especially my family, teammates and the […]

  • Cubs cut ties with Addison Russell

    CHICAGO – The Cubs are letting Addison Russell walk. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein explained the decision in a statement. “We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process.” Russell batted .237 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 82 games for the Cubs last year. He missed the beginning of the […]

  • Mick McCall out as Northwestern football offensive coordinator

    EVANTSON, Ill. – Northwestern is parting ways with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mick McCall. “Mick was one of the first hires I made when given the honor of leading this program, and has been a trusted colleague and loyal friend for almost my entire tenure,” said Fitzgerald. “He’s guided our offense through unquestionably one of the most successful periods in Wildcats history, with four bowl championships and nine postseason appearances. Mick recruited and coached great student-athletes and exceptional young […]

  • Duncan Keith hurts groin, Avalanche beat Blackhawks 5-2

    CHICAGO — Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Friday. J.T. Compher added a goal and two assists, and Cale Makar, Ryan Graves and Valeri Nichushkin also scored as Colorado started fast against listless Chicago in the first of a home-and-home set. Patrick Kane and Zack Smith connected for the Blackhawks, who have lost four of five (1-3-1). Duncan Keith left with a groin injury midway through the second […]

  • NHL investigates allegations former Rockford IceHogs coach used racial slurs

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NHL said Tuesday it is investigating allegations Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters directed racial slurs toward Akim Aliu when he and the Nigerian-born player were in the minors a decade ago. The NHL called the alleged behavior “repugnant and unacceptable.” The league added it will have no further comment until it looks into what happened more thoroughly. Aliu tweeted Monday that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year […]

  • Zach LaVine hits 13 threes, Bulls shock Hornets 116-115

    CHARLOTTE – A night after being pulled early in the first quarter, Zach LaVine could not be stopped. LaVine scored a career-high 49 points, becoming only the third player in NBA history to make 13 threes in a game. His final triple capped a dramatic last-minute comeback, overcoming an eight point deficit to beat the Hornets 116-115. Head coach Jim Boylen singled LaVine out in the Bulls lackluster start against the Heat Friday night, benching him for ‘three egregious defensive […]

  • Memorabilia maker creates Astros sign stealing scandal bobblehead

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons. After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB will “investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible.” The probe includes the team’s firing of an assistant general manager during the World Series for clubhouse comments directed at female reporters, behavior the club at first […]

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